Performance Racing Industry Show 2012: Racing industry roundup

Honda IRL Engine

Honda IRL Engine

The PRI (Performance Racing Industry) trade show is the annual meeting place for just about everyone involved in racing. The show attracts visitors from around the globe looking for the latest products to support their motorsport efforts. The show is held annually each December and for the last five years, in Orlando Florida. Starting in 2013, the PRI show will head back to Indianapolis Indiana, the show’s former location and ancestral home of motorsports in the USA.

CPE's BMW N54 Turbo upgrade

CPE’s BMW N54 Twin Turbo upgrade

You will find just about everything you need to compete in all levels of motorsport at the PRI show.  Manufactures of different forms of machinery used to build and develop engines display their latest offerings. As engines become more complex, so does the level of assembly. Precision balancing is essential to power and engine longevity and CWT had their latest balancing work station on display.

Engine balancing station

Engine balancing station

Precision balancing

Precision balancing

Honda Performance Development (HPD) specializes in engine design and production racing parts for Hondas and is part of American Honda Motor Company. They’ve increased their product line over the last few years to support racers at all levels from, Indy Car to club racing.

HPD- Honda Racing at PRI

HPD- Honda Racing at PRI

HPD HRI12RT IRL Engine

HPD HI12RT IRL Engine

The HPD HR12RT was developed for the IRL series. The 2.2L V6 features all aluminum construction ,  four valves per cylinder with a maximum rpm limit of 12,000. The engine is turbocharged and runs on E85 race fuel. It weighs approximately 250 lbs, about the same as the four cylinder engine in your road car. The expanding HPD product lineup covers a wide range of applications. It’s great to see vehicle manufactures support for racing at all levels.

HPD racing parts

HPD racing parts

Racing in the United States has always been dominated by the “American V8”. The PRI show is filled with plenty of them ranging from small block to big block and everything in between. There have been some very special V8’s produced by Detroit and Dearborn over the years and the Ford Boss 429 is certainly one of those special creations.

John Kaas Boss 429

John Kaase Boss 429

John Kaase Racing Engines has recreated the special 429 Boss cylinder heads along with many other parts used in the engine offering the components for use in all forms of racing. One forgets how large these engines are until you see one out of the car. John Kaase Racing also offers a complete version of the engine known as the  Boss Nine  and is available in many configurations,  all the way up to 1500 BHP!

SuperFlow mini dyon

SuperFlow mini dyon

SuperFlow had this really cool miniature all wheel drive chassis dyno on display. This little beast put down 3 whp!

Holinger gearbox

Holinger gearbox

Holinger had their latest gearboxes on display. While relatively new in North America, Holinger has been supporting racing in Australia for over 30 years and is becoming an increasingly popular option for racers in the States.

Holinger straight cut gears

Holinger straight cut gears

Holinger is well known for there their Nissan GT-R R32 and R33 sequential shift dog-change gearbox but they also offer differentials and other gearbox components.

Holinger differential

Holinger differential

The number of  V8 engines and components on display at the show was  overwhelming.  Racers that rely on V8 to power their cars are fortunate to have so many options.  The Arias 8.1L is typically used for drag racing but I guess you could drop it in your hot rod if you were brave enough.

Arias Ford

Arias Ford

Roush V8

Roush V8

Roush offers a wide range of  “crate” engine for use in everything from Marine to off road racing. Their reputation for reliable power is universally known and built on many years of successful performance at the track.

Sonny’s Racing Engines displayed some nicely machined GM cylinder heads. Gone are the days when an engine builder or cylinder head technician spends hours with a grinder reshaping ports and combustion chambers. Top teams and engine builders rely on 5 axis CNC machines to accurately port and shape the cylinder heads for maximum flow.  The five dollar bill gives you a feel for the intake port size.

CNC Port machined GM cylinder head

CNC Port machined GM cylinder head

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Ford had a massive presence at the 2012 PRI show with a big emphasis on the EcoBoost line up. Ford Racing Parts offers complete engines as well as tuning and performance products to support their vehicles used in racing.

Ford Fusion Nascar

Ford Fusion Nascar

The turbocharged Ford EcoBoost engine line up currently consists of several four cylinder options and a twin turbo 3.5L V6 as found in the F150 pickup and Taurus SHO. The development of these two engine platforms is proceeding rapidly with customers using the power units for everything from low production specialty vehicles all the way through Daytona Prototypes. This twin turbo V6 developed by Roush Yates reminds me of the V6 Twin Turbo F1 engines used in the 1980’s.

Ford EcoBoost Daytona Prototype

Ford EcoBoost Daytona Prototype

EcoBoost 3.5L performance short block

EcoBoost 3.5L performance short block

Livernois Motorsport is offering performance built EcoBoost 3.5L short blocks along with many other components to cover all forms of motorsport use.

Ford hasn’t forgotten it’s traditional roots and still supports racers with plenty of tried and tested race components. This siamese bore “460” engine block retails for $2500.00.

Ford 460 block

Ford 460 block

All race cars need to stop and so most of the prominent racing brake manufactures had their finest offerings on display.  AP Racing supports all forms of racing, this impressive lightweight AP 6 piston monoblock caliper is typically used in sports  and GT car racing.

AP Racing lightweight 6 piston caliper

AP Racing lightweight 6 piston caliper

Performance Friction offers this interesting cooling setup for endurance racing to help stabilize brake temperatures over long periods of time. It’s almost to cool to hide behind a wheel.

PFC brake caliper

PFC brake caliper

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You may have never heard of Arrow Precision but most of the leading engine builders around the world know exactly who they are. Arrow Precision manufactures premium crankshafts and connecting rods for high level motorsport use. Their client list is as impressive as their products with teams taking  podium wins in everything from Global Rally X , touring cars , Superbike and some forms of racing they just can’t talk about. Arrow introduced their new M2000 connecting rod at the show. The M2000 material is ideal for high boost engines offering superior strength at competitive price.  Arrow also machines crankshafts of all sizes and dimensions and utilizes the latest precision machinery to ensure that tolerances are held to the highest standards.

Arrow M2000 Connecting rod

Arrow M2000 Connecting rod

Arrow Precision crankshaft

Arrow Precision crankshaft

The PRI show is about all forms of racing including the historic variety. Jim Stokes Workshop LTD. was over from the UK with an impressive array of components.  Jim Stokes Workshop not only restores some of the rarest race cars in the world but engineers and reproduces the parts to do it. Jim Stokes Workshop also displayed this 1932 8C 2.3 Alfa Romeo with a supercharged inline 8 cylinder engine. The Alfa was probably one of the most unique and valuable race cars on display at the PRI show,  I only wish I could have had the pleasure of hearing it run.

Jim Stokes Workshop LTD. 1932 8C 2.3 Alfa Romeo

Jim Stokes Workshop LTD. 1932 8C 2.3 Alfa Romeo

Alfa Supercharged power

Alfa Supercharged power

JSML parts

JSML parts

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The strong attendance and positive atmosphere at the show seemed it indicate the racing industry is once again flourishing or at least rebounding in the USA. Customers, colleagues and suppliers all expressed enthusiasm for the future of racing and it was refreshing to see all of the new products on display, a clear indication that manufactures in the racing industry continue to support the development of the sport.

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One Response to Performance Racing Industry Show 2012: Racing industry roundup

  1. John Donohoe says:

    Thanks for the show! I hope you met my son Austin down there 🙂

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